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The commission said it is not true that it is going after pro-zoning governors ahead of the 2011 elections, describing it as a cheap blackmail calculated at freezing its hands.

In a statement signed by its spokesman Femi Babafemi, the commission said the ongoing investigations of multi-billion naira fraud allegations in Kebbi, Kwara, Imo, Jigawa and Rivers States were not different from what had been done in other states before now.

The commission vowed that no amount of propaganda or campaign of calumny will stop it from carrying out its statutory responsibilities of investigating and prosecuting economic and financial crimes in any part of the country.

The statement read in part: 'We have a legitimate duty to investigate and prosecute all forms of economic and financial crimes in all parts of the federation. This, we have been doing since the inception of the Commission in 2003 and will continue to do within the ambit of the law.'

Babafemi said it was on record that the commission had continued to investigate various fraud allegations in several states of the federation, local government councils, federal agencies and private establishments.

'We will like to re-assure the public that the EFCC is not under any pressure from the Presidency or any other quarters to do anyone's bidding on any issue,' the statement added.